Pole Dancing: 3 Things You Need to Know to Get Started

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Shortly after my son was born, I had the chance to take a pole dancing class.

I jumped at the opportunity.

I’d taken aerobics classes before and I’d taken dance classes before, but nothing prepared me for how I was going to feel walking into that very first pole studio.

That first class was small. There were only six students, but there were three instructors, so we had a ton of one-on-one instruction throughout the duration of the course. The first day, we focused on spins and stretching and continuity, but then we moved into climbs and holds, and I realized I’d never be able to go back to the way things were.

Pole dancing classes are an incredible way to lose weight, develop strength, tone your body, and meet new women who will be supportive and encouraging. If you’re concerned about people being catty or mean, you don’t need to be. Pole dancing studios are one of the most supportive places a woman can hang out. Being a pole dancer isn’t about competing with your classmates and trying to outperform each other. It’s about encouraging each other to grow and learn and be all that you can be.

If you’ve been thinking about taking pole dancing classes, there are a few things you need to know before you get started.

Take classes 

First off, you can study pole dancing online if you want to take classes at home. There are a ton of great ways you can learn how to dance without having to visit a studio. One of the coolest things about living in the ageo f the Internet is that no matter what you want to learn, there’s a video for it.

If you prefer to study pole dancing in a studio, that’s fine, too! I’ve danced both at home and in studios and while I love to dance at home, dancing with other women is really fun and relaxing. There’s something special about being able to just relax and forget about your worries while rocking out with your friends, even if its just for an hour or two.

Keep in mind that when you dance at a studio, you’ll need to make sure you follow their dress codes. If you aren’t sure what to expect, just call ahead and ask. Typically, you’ll wear shorts and a comfortable shirt to start. Most beginners dance in bare feet, but you may choose to wear heels when you get more comfortable. Typically, pole studios require that your shoes have a heel that’s at least a quarter-inch wide. Stilettos may look pretty, but they can be dangerous to dance in if you’re new to the sport. Get comfortable dancing first and then you can move on to the fun shoes later!

Get a pole

I bought my first dance pole when I completed my first pole dancing class. For me, it was a great investment because it meant I could dance as much as I wanted to at home and I had plenty of time to perfect my moves. While dancing at a studio is a ton of fun, sometimes you have to share poles with other students and you’re always on a time limit. Having a pole at home means you can do the same spin thirty times if you need to.

Even if you don’t have a lot of space in your home, it’s possible to use a pole at your house. You can purchase a removable pole that you can put up when you’re ready to work out and then take down later before your company comes over. This is also a great choice if you rent your home and want something you can easily take down when you’re ready to move out.

Take your time

Like any skill, learning to pole dance takes time. Be patient with yourself! You might not have perfect spins right away. It might take you a little while to learn each routine. You might even struggle when it comes to learning inversions. None of that matters. The most important thing is that you’re having fun, doing your best, and learning! Some pole dancers learn inversions and climbs within weeks or months of starting classes. For others, it takes a little longer. Never compare yourself to anyone but you. Are you doing better than you were your first day? Are you doing better than you were last week? That’s all that matters. When it comes to pole dancing, personal progress should be your goal. 

Have you ever tried pole dancing? Did you take a class? Leave me a message and let me know!

I was worried about staying warm

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With Mom staying here I always woke up to a warm house as she is an early riser.  Mom hates the cold so she would always fire up the stove first thing after she woke around 5:30-6:00 AM.  I tend to be a night owl so I would usually load up the wood stove around mid-nite or 1:00 am so the longest the stove went without stoking was about 6 hours.

Now that I’m doing all the work maintaining the fire I’m a bit surprised that I’m doing a good job keeping the fire going overnight. So far I have had good coals to restart the fire in the morning and the coldest it has gotten so far is 70 degrees F. in the living room where the wood stove is located.  It gets a bit cooler on the backside of the house but  only into the lower 60s F. which is a temp. I prefer to sleep at night.  I have a small electric heater to heat up the backside of the house if needed.

I’m using a mix of the seasoned pine during the day and some of the leftover chunks of hard wood for over night.  I’m also leaving a lot more of the ashes in the stove to help insulate the coals last over night.  One thing about Mom she kept the wood stove very cleaned from all ash.  I think for my wood stove keeping an inch or two of ashes helps when “banking” the fire overnight.  I don’t use a grate in my wood stove and the fire is laid directly on the fire brick.

I cut up a few ratty old pallets I had on hand for some kindling.  I have found I really hate cutting up kindling as it is tedious.  What is great for me so far as I have only used a few bits of the pallets to start a fire on one day this week.  Between the leftover coals a few pine cones scavenged from under the pines at a local park and the seasoned pine wood, I can restart the fire in the wood stove without using tinder or even a match.

We might get some snow so I got the front porch wood rack loaded up with plenty of wood.  Mom grabbed wood and walked it in via several trips but I prefer loading up the garden wagon and making larger but fewer trips.  I also have a small toboggan/plastic sled I can use to transport wood if get a lot of snow that the wagon can’t get through in the back yard.

Mom needs a way to start protecting her property from trespassers.  We need a cheap sort of cheap fence or barrier that lets folks know that behind her home is not an alley way or access area.  I was thinking Rail road ties or concrete bricks along and those landscaping timbers.  I don’t want to be a bitch to people, but unless she protects her property rights she will lose them to “common” use.  It is a bit cold now but maybe some concrete block towers filled with sand and a few signs that state “Private Driveway” would be a good start.

 

Pressure Canning Meat For Food Storage

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Canning meat for food storage is one of the most important skills for preppers. Canned meat is surprisingly easy, tasty and safe. These aren’t your grandmother’s pressure canners.

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Arming A Squad Of Untrained Family Members

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Arming A Squad Of Untrained Family Members To best understand the importance of this article you have to understand the acceptable casualties. In war or in a battle of any kind there is a fighting force. This fighting force comes to war with weapons and the assumption of acceptable casualties. There will be a certain …

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The Lone Wolf Survivalist

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The Lone Wolf Survivalist How about we break up some of the readable content with a nice video on the lone wolf survivalist. It is a very interesting look at what the idea of the lone wolf. One of the most interesting parts of this video is that the creator takes you on a journey …

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The problem isn’t guns, it’s the Schools – Media ignores Thousands of Violent Assaults and Stabbings Every Year at Schools

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Ban Guns and our schools will be safe, right? Wrong. School Shootings account for less than 1% of violent crimes in public schools. […]

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The problem isn’t guns, it’s the Schools – Media ignores Thousands of Violent Assaults and Stabbings Every Year at Schools

Ban Guns and our schools will be safe, right? Wrong. School Shootings account for less than 1% of violent crimes in public schools. […]

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How To Build Your Ultimate Car Emergency Kit From Scratch

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Car Emergency Kit

As responsible adults, we understand the importance keeping emergency supplies in our homes. We’ve built a large stash of emergency supplies and tools for an unknowable future.

We buy plenty of band-aids and Neosporin for cuts and scrapes. We horde flashlights, candles and bulk packs of batteries for electrical outages.

Heck, many of us make it a priority to stockpile extra toilet paper for that surprise blizzard. Because running out of TP IS absolutely a real emergency!

We buy the extra large bottles of painkillers. We store fire extinguishers inside our kitchen cabinets.

And if you’re a reader of SkilledSurival, you’ve likely got an emergency water storage plan. And you’ve spent time building a food stockpile system, and built a bug out bag, etc. – just in case.

But when it comes to our cars, trucks, and vehicles, we act as if nothing bad could happen between point A and B.

Everyone knows they should take the time to build out an extensive car emergency kit but too few actually do.

But the good news is, you’re here now, you’re reading this article. So you’re finally going to get prepared for those treacherous roads with an epic car emergency kit.

After reading this article, you’ll have all the information you need build your own car emergency kit. And hopefully, you’ll also have the will to follow through and actually get it built.

So let’s get started.

Building The Ultimate Car Emergency Kit


Before we jump into building your car emergency kit, I just want you to double check you have the tools you need to change a tire. A car jack, a tire iron, a full spare (or at the very least an emergency donut spare).

If you don’t have those items in your car or truck or van right now, I want you to take care of that immediately.

DO NOT WAIT, if you get a flat without these basic tools, you’re 100% relying on others to help you. That’s not how we operate around here at SkilledSurvival!

And if you don’t know how to change a tire, it’s time to learn. If this sounds like you, watch the video below. For everyone else, let’s continue…


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Emergency Kit Organization

The first step in building an emergency car kit is to figure out a way to organize everything.

Allowing your supplies and gear to haphazardly roll around in the trunk of your vehicle is a terrible idea. Not only will it be an annoying racket but it’ll damage the gear and supplies you’ll need during a real emergency.

So you need an emergency kit bag, duffel, or box. One that’s large enough to keep all your car emergency supplies organized and safe.

There are a lot of options so we’ll just show you one of our favorites and tell you why.

Duffel Bag Setup

Duffel Bag Setup

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Traveler Duffle Bag

This duffel bag is perfect to keep all your car’s emergency kit gear organized and safe. It’s got tons of storage (48 liters) and zippered internal dividers to keep your gear compartmentalized.

But what I like most about this duffel bag is that it converts into a backpack.

What happens if you need to abandon your car or truck? Well, you’d be silly to leave all our emergency gear behind. The gear in that bag is your lifeline.

Backpack Setup

But carrying duffel bags are great for short trips (like in and out of gyms or work) but they’re no good for long hikes. But backpacks with two straps over your shoulders, that’s ideal.

You can comfortably walk much further with a backpack on. So this duffel/ backpack combo is an ideal solution for a car emergency kit.

The duffel gives you the low profile, easy to pack and organize kit you want in your trunk, while the backpack option is great for the worst case survival scenario.

And if tan is not your favorite color, there are some other color options including all black.

Water and Water Filtration Options

Water is one of the most critical emergency/survival supplies – period. The moment you find yourself in an emergency without water, your survival countdown clock starts ticking.

Sure, in extreme weather (blizzard or heat wave) a shelter from exposure can trump the need for water. But in general, outside of those extreme situations, water is priority numero uno.

So make sure to add some fresh drinking water to your car emergency kit.

I recommend doing this by filling up a stainless steel, single-walled water bottle. This is the best way to store fresh drinking water in a vehicle.

Much better than buying those thin plastic water bottles. Why? Because those thin walled plastic water bottles are weak and can easily rupture.

They won’t hold up long term in a vehicle that’s always on the move. Plus, they’ll burst when exposed to extreme heat and cold conditions.

Protect your precious emergency water supply by keeping it in a strong water bottle.

Water Filtration

The second part of your car’s water plan is adding tools to turn natural water into drinking water.

If your vehicle is ever stranded in the middle of nowhere, you’ll quickly deplete whatever stash of fresh water you happen to have. Not long after, your body will begin craving water otherwise known as being thirsty. Soon you’ll be forced to scavenge for a natural water source.

Hopefully, you’re able to find a small creek nearby, or a pond, a lake, a puddle, whatever. But drinking water from a natural source without proper treatment is a big gamble.

Water can look fresh, clean, and delicious, but you can’t detect hidden microscopic bacteria with the naked eye.

So it’s smart to pack essential water filtration and purification tools and supplies.

That way, you can process that natural water and drink confidently knowing you won’t get sick. Because the last thing you need in any emergency or survival situation is to fall severely ill.

Drinking With A LifeStraw

Drinking contaminated water can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. It can turn a serious situation into a deadly one in an instant.

So let’s start with filtration first; you should stash at least one personal water filter in your car’s emergency kit.

Both of the following options are good. Either one will work so take a look at both and decide which is right for you.

LifeStraw Water Filter

Sawyer Mini Filter

Water Purification

Water filtration is an important first step in processing natural water, but you’ll also need to purify it before consuming.

Sure, filtration alone is better than nothing, but why gamble at all if you don’t have to.

So there are a few ways to purify the water you’ve collected.

First off, you can boil the water for a few minutes to kill any remaining hidden viruses. As long as you can start a fire (we’ll cover fire tools in a later section), you can boil water. But only if you have a stainless steel SINGLE walled water bottle.

The key here is 1) metal 2) single wall.

You want it to be metal so you can put the water bottle on a fire without fear of melting.

If your container is plastic, the fire will melt it. And the best case with plastic is the melting plastic will contaminate your water. But the worst case is the plastic will put a hole in the bottle and poof, there goes your precious water.

klean kanteen stainless steel water bottleYou also need the bottle to be a single wall only. Because it’s dangerous to boil water in a double wall insulated bottle.

Double wall bottles are designed to keep liquids cool longer by having two walls (inner and outer walls). But if you try to boil water in one, it’s going to take a really long time because you have to transfer the heat through 2 walls.

And in the process trying to boil water, it’s possible for the trapped air between the two walls to build pressure. Build enough pressure, and the water bottle can explode. This explosion can also be called a bomb – so single wall water bottles ONLY for your car emergency kits.

Another way to purify the water is using water purification tablets. What’s nice about these is they’re cheap, small, and lightweight. So there’s no excuse not to add these to your car emergency kit.

Lastly, you could also add a UV light water purification pen to your kit. However, tablets are better because these pens are expensive and require batteries.

So your best bet is to get a small personal water filter, a single wall stainless steel water bottle, and some water purification tablets. With these three emergency water tools, your emergency hydration needs are all set. Congrats!

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Emergency Shelter

Now, many people may be surprised that shelter is the second topic we’re covering (most think food would be next). But as we mentioned earlier, in extreme weather shelters can quickly become the number one survival priority.

Plus, food is one of the least important short-term emergency supplies. You can survive weeks without calories. Yes, severe hunger is no fun, but it’s not very high on the survival priority list (at least initially).

Ok, so when it comes to survival shelter options, there are two extremes we’re worried about. Freezing to death in a blizzard or dying from heat stroke and dehydration.

The good news is, we have a survival tool that can buy you precious time and save your life in either situation.

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The TACT Bivvy

This emergency sleeping bag is ideal for cold weather emergencies. It’s made out of a material originally designed by NASA for astronauts and is called Mylar.

Mylar is a very thin flexible material that doesn’t allow air transfer. So by default, it traps/reflects heat.

So, when you hop inside a TACT Bivvy, it’ll trap the heat your body naturally generates. This helps to prevent hypothermia and frostbite in extremely cold conditions.

It locks in your body heat, keeping your core and limbs warm and protected.

Sure, you could add a cheaper space blanket to your car’s emergency kit. And that’s better than nothing, but a blanket doesn’t contain your body heat nearly as well as the TACT Bivvy.

You see, the TACT Bivvy is more than a blanket, it’s a sleeping bag. This may seem like a small difference, but this setup traps heat much better than a blanket alone.

Also, the TACT bivvy is packed in a small portable bag. This keeps your Mylar sleeping bag organized and protects it from accidental punctures.

So for me, it’s worth the few extra dollars to get the TACT Bivvy.

But what about extreme heat? I did mention it can be helpful in these dire situations as well!

TACT Bivvy In HandYes, I did, and yes it does.

You see, Mylar’s superpower is reflecting heat. So when Mylar is facing toward you, it reflects your heat back to you. However, if you point the Mylar material away from you and toward the sun instead what happens?

Mylar will block the suns energy from traveling through it.

Just turn the TACT Bivvy inside out (so the mylar is now on the outside). Then find a way to create a makeshift canopy (using some more emergency tools discussed below). And get underneath it.

Instant shade, instant cool.

And if you happen to be in loose soil, you can dig a shallow pit (with a survival shovel) to expose cool layers of soil. Then you can lay in the cool dirt to help lower your core body temperature.

You see, with the right tools and knowledge, you don’t have to become a victim of a dire situation. You can act, save yourself and buy time for escape or rescue.

Note: if you dig a pit, don’t lay under a Mylar blanket or tarp, etc. with the blanket against the top of the hole. This setup now becomes an oven, the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish. The tarp or Mylar blanket must be off the ground. You want it to create shade and allow air to flow through and out instead of trapping it.

Vehicle Recovery Tools

Ok, water and shelter are done, that wasn’t too tough now, was it? Now it’s time to talk tools and devices to prevent you getting stranded in the first place.

The three leading causes of becoming stranded in the middle of nowhere are:

  1. Flat Tire
  2. Dead Battery
  3. Running Out Of Fuel

We already discussed the need invest in tire changing equipment – most vehicles have these tools available by default. So let’s focus on the remaining two issues; dead battery and running out of fuel.

The best way to survive an emergency due to a dead battery or running out of fuel is to avoid it becoming a survival emergency in the first place. So it’s important to invest in the simple tools that can quickly fix these problems.

In the past, the only way to fix a dead battery was to carry a bulky set of jumper cables or to lug a large battery pack jumper around. However, with technological advances, intense crank power is now available in a device the size of a smartphone.

We tested the pocket jumper on a dead jeep wrangler and it started immediately on the first try!

This is a device is powerful and it’s so compact it fits your shirt pocket.

Plus, the age-old problem with jumper cables is they rely on another vehicle to work. So that alone makes them less than ideal.

Once you’ve got a pocket jumper to handle the occasional dead battery. You should put together a plan to deal with the “ran out of gas” problem.

Yes, we all should try to follow the Grandfatherly advice of “fill up your tank when it gets below half.” But life’s busy, and most of us wait until we’re on E and sometimes on fumes before filling up.

This is a recipe for disaster. But we normally get lucky and find a gas station around the next corner, at least until our luck runs out…

fuel-bottle

So the next best thing is to keep a bit of fuel in your emergency car kit. And while that may seem dangerous, with the right tools and precautions it’s possible.

This specially designed fuel bottle can hold fuel/gasoline for a period of up to three months. Fuel (especially gasoline) has a limited shelf life. So you’ll need to rotate it several times a year.

However, caution is required: Keep away from heat or any heat source. Keep it away from the reach of any other person than yourself. Keep it away from children. Make sure it is well sealed. Do not use or store it in any place where there is a potential risk for any damage to the bottle. Check the bottle frequently to make sure there’s no leakage.

It contains flammable fluid and should be treated as a dangerous material.

Ok, now that we covered those two issues, it’s time to add a few highly useful survival tools to your emergency car kit.

The following tools are what you need you ever need to go into true survival mode.

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Escape and Rescue Tools

Now we need to remember what the goal is for most vehicle emergencies. 99% of the time the goal is rescue.

Maybe the check engine light comes on in the remote desert, and your car rolls to a permanent stop. Or maybe your SUV rolls on its side on a snowy mountain trail. Or perhaps you’re stuck on a mountain pass in a blizzard and get stuck in the drifting snow.

These are all vehicle emergencies that happen every year to lots of people and families. Sometimes the stories have happy endings, but occasionally they end in sad tragedy.

So any tool that can help contact the rest of the world to get help is a tool worth adding to your car’s emergency kit.

6-1 Emergency Car Tool and Charger

This smart car emergency tool is one you should keep in your car and not in the kit you keep in your truck. This is one tool you’ll want to keep front and center at all times.

This looks like one of those basic car chargers – the ones that plug into those old school push button cigarette lighters.

But that’s just 1 of the 6 tools behind this life-saving device!

It’s also a portable battery pack. It always keeps a small portable battery pack topped off with energy so you can keep your phone charged even with a dead car battery.

It also has a glass breaker built into the tip of the charger. This is huge for vehicle emergencies.

If you ever accidentally drive into a large body of water and your car starts sinking you have to get out fast. The water pressure won’t let you open and door and what happens if your window won’t go down?

6-1 Tool Glass Shatter

Glass Shatter

You need a way to break it.

With this device, you have immediate access to pull it out of the charger port and slam it against the glass.

Instant shatter and a fast escape!

But what about your seatbelt? What if it’s jammed and you’re struggling to unlatch it?

1-6 Belt Cutter

Belt Cutter

Well, this tool also includes a belt cutter. The cutter knife is built into the side of the device in a safe but effective way.

So between the glass breaker and the belt cutter you’ve got a tool at the ready to escape from a car fast – no matter what.

Whether it’s a fire, water disaster, or your vehicle’s flipped over, whatever, you now have a tool at the ready to get out when time is of the essence.

Ok so that’s 4 tools, there’s 2 more to go…

6-1 Tool Flashlight

Flashlight

The next tool in this 6-1 survival device is a built-in flashlight.

In my opinion, flashlights are sort of like EDC knives; you can never have too many. I like to keep flashlights everywhere, especially in my:

So I welcome having an extra flashlight as a part of this incredible survival tool.

Plus, the flashlight has a strobe mode which is ideal if you’re looking to get someone’s attention at night. The strobe function helps rescuers find you or get attention from a random traveler.

So the 6 in 1 Emergency Car Tool and Charger is a:

  1. Car Charger
  2. Backup Battery Power Bank
  3. Instant Shatter Glass Breaker
  4. Seat Belt Cutter
  5. Regular Flashlight
  6. Emergency Strobe Light

And all these tools within easy reach for the driver. It’s truly the smartest and perfect tool for vehicle emergencies.6-1 Survival Charger

Rescue Mirror

A rescue mirror is a small device that’s easy to add to your car’s emergency kit. It’s small and lightweight, but this device can be powerful.

It reflects the power of the sun so you can alert rescuers or any airline that may be passing overhead.

Just point the bright reflected light towards your target and move it back and forth quickly. This will create a flashing signal that can travel many miles.

This is another great tool to help you get help fast in a dire emergency.

Survival Lighter or Ferro Rod

One of the best ways to get the attention of a search and rescue team is to produce a bunch of thick black smoke. And fortunately, all vehicles have one excellent source of black smoke – tires.

When the rubber from tires is set on fire, it lets off an obnoxious thick black smoke. The sort of smoke that can be seen for many miles.

It’s a perfect beaconing SOS signal for a rescue helicopter who’s actively looking for someone.

The search goes from a needle in a haystack to shooting fish in a barrel. But this rescue signal won’t work if you can’t get a fire going in the first place. So make sure you pack a good survival lighter or Ferro rod.

A Bic, a Zippo or a Telsa lighter all will work fine for this.

Rescue Whistle

I like packing a survival whistle for 2 reasons.

First, the good ones absolutely scream. They are so loud the sound will travel several miles. And if you’re able to blast it frantically, anyone within earshot can’t help but investigate to see what’s going on.

Second, it might be the most affordable piece of gear ever.

They are small pieces of plastic so you can add one for just a few dollars. Now that’s what I call a fantastic return on investment.

It’s one of those “no-brainer” survival tools you just add to your car’s emergency vehicle kit; no questions asked.

Hazard Triangles / Safety Vest

If your car ever breaks down on the side of the road or worst in the middle of the road, you need a way to notify other drivers.

Bad things are going to happen if an unsuspecting driver coming around a blind bend only to find a broken down car in the middle of the road.

If they hit your vehicle at nearly full speed people are going to get hurt or worse.

Hopefully, you’re smart enough to get out of the vehicle and not stay in it or stand in front of it. If it gets hit and you’re in or near it you’re in fatal danger.

It’s sad, but it happens all the time all across America, especially on multi-lane highways in major cities.

Nothing good happens when vehicles are broken down on or near busy roadways.

But if you have hazard triangles, road flares, and safety vests, you can alert those upcoming vehicles of a hazard. Get them to slow down and move over.

It’s the right thing to do, and it’s an important emergency car kit tool I wish more people took seriously.

Medical Supplies

small first aid medical kitEvery car emergency kit should include basic medical supplies (like the medical day tripper). Bandages, gauze, painkillers, antibacterial ointments, etc.

But you might also want to add in a few specialty medical tools (depending on your level of skill and comfort).

Here are two kits you might consider adding to the basic medical supplies

Bleeding Control Kit (which includes a tourniquet)

Because uncontrolled hemorrhage is one of the most preventable cause of death in the United States.

Suture Kit (for stitching up nasty cuts)

The suture kit is a specialty medical kit that’s rarely needed until its freaking needed ASAP.

If you are serious about preparing for medical emergencies, check out our comprehensive guide to building your own survival medical kit.

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Must Have Survival Supplies

Survival MultiTool

I think the survival multitool is one of the most underrated survival tools.

You want access to a variety of tools and sure, you can buy a survival knife, and a set of pliers and a screwdriver set.

Or you can get a smart survival multitool that has all these tools and more in one.

Communication Device

You must add a small radio to your car’s emergency kit.

If your emergency is due to adverse weather, you need a way to tune into the weather reports.

Is the blizzard you just accidentally drove into ending soon or is it just starting?

The answers to those questions is intelligence. The information you need to make better decisions during a dire emergency.

Here are a couple more ways a survival radio can save your life:

  • In a widespread emergency, you’ll want to know which roads have been knocked out so you can take the right ones.
  • If a major disease outbreak occurs you’ll want to know where it’s headed so you can avoid those dangerous areas.
  • Maybe a nuclear attack (or EMP blast) has sent the nation into turmoil – you’ll want to know which direction is safe and which is not.

Kaito Pocket RadioThe bottom line is you can never have too much intelligence, especially in survival.

So pack a small portable radio, the Katie Pocket Radio is perfect for this. You’ll get the intel you need without taking up precious emergency kit space.

Survival Shovel /Sand

Getting stuck in snow or mud is a major cause of becoming stranded. But if you can get your vehicle out of this situation, then you avoid becoming stranded, right? Yes.

You need to add a survival shovel to your vehicle. That way you can shovel your way out of snow or mud. Digging out from around your tires and work being able to work your way out is an important tactic.

KONNEX Survival ShovelWe recommend the KONNEX survival shovel. It breaks down into a compact size, but tough enough to get the job done.

It also includes a few extra survival tools as well, which will come in handy during an actual survival emergency.

Also, add a sack of sand or kitty litter as well. I was skeptical of using this stuff up until the first time I gave it a try, and it worked like magic.

If you’re stuck because your tires can’t get traction, sprinkle some sand in front of the slipping tire. You’ll be amazed how quickly the tires will grab and get you out of an icy rut.

Solar Charger with PowerBank

Portable solar panels are my new favorite survival technology.

Some people who are into survival mistakenly think all technology is bad. Because many new technologies make humans less self-reliant.

But in my opinion, portable solar chargers make us more self-reliant. You don’t have to rely on buying batteries or the power grid to harness energy. It means you can tap into the free power of the sun.

Survival Frog Solar ChargerA cell phone is actually an amazing emergency rescue device. It’s not one you want to rely on by itself, but if you can get a signal, you have a lifeline to help.

And even if you don’t have a signal, rescuers can still zero in on your location with cell tower pings.

The bottom line is, you should add a solar power bank to your car emergency kit. That way you’ll always have a way to keep your electronic devices (i.e., cellphone) powered up.

Paracord

Paracord is amazing. There are hundreds of survival uses for paracord, and those are just the most obvious ones. There are thousands of possible uses.

Now, it’s easy to add some paracord to your emergency car kit. Just buy some paracord and toss it in or even better get a paracord survival bracelet.

Either way, find a way to get some paracord in your car for emergencies.

Self Defense Options

Becoming stranded on the side of a remote road in the middle of the night can be a scary proposition. It can be a helpless feeling.

Especially if a creepy person decides they want to lend you a hand?

You better have a way to defend yourself should their “help” not be so helpful after all.

Now, if you’re into firearms you’re all set. But if firearms intimidate you or you never learned how to use one, there are other self-defense options.

Pepper Spray

One of my favorite self-defense options (besides a firearm) is pepper spray. There are two important aspects to a good self-defense pepper spray.

1) the actual pepper spray effectiveness (or heat level)
2) the spray pattern and distance.

Sure, some people try to make their own pepper spray, but I don’t recommend that for actual self-defense.

deviljuiceInstead, we recommend you get something like this Devil Juice Pepper Spray. It’s extremely hot and has a long spray distance.

Illumination Tools

Ever tried to change a tire in the pitch black dark? Not only does it make this task more challenging but for some, it might make it impossible.

Breakdowns and accidents are not exclusive to daylight hours. Heck, they’re often more dangerous and more frequent during the night.

You’ve got to have at least one superbright EDC flashlight so you can see what you’re doing.

Food (a.k.a. calories)

Finally, it’s worth stashing some calories in your car emergency kit. And while this is a lower priority than the other items we’ve covered so far, it’s still worth adding.

But just remember, taste is not the goal of emergency kit food. The goal is to stash food that lasts and remain safe even after many hot and cold temperatures swings.

So you should focus on adding something with low moisture content and high-calorie density. These energy bars meet these requirements and are calorie dense. They’ll also “keep” well even under intense temperature swings.

The worst is to start rooting around in your emergency kit to keep your hunger pangs at bay, only to pull out a moldy orange or a melted candy bar.

Optional Survival Tools

In this section, I’m going to show you a few pieces of survival gear that are not 100% necessary but might make sense for you.

Survival Playing Cards

Survival Playing CardsIf you’re ever involved in a life-threatening emergency, then a set of survival playing cards will be the last thing on your mind.

However, if you’re just stranded, but you know help is on the way, you might need something to do. Something to pass the time and keep boredom at bay.

If you’ve got friends or kids with you, a deck of survival cards can help pass the time as you wait for the tow truck to arrive.

And you might as well get a deck of cards with some solid survival tips on them. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn a new survival skill that will save your life while you play a bit of solitaire…

Electric Hand Warmer

Electric Hand WarmerThis is 100% more of a luxury emergency car tool.

A good pair of gloves and some hot hand warmer packs will do just fine for most situations. But if you’re looking to prevent frostbite at all costs, you might consider this electric hand warmer.

This device is rechargeable and will warm up your hands or feet within minutes.

Wrap Up


My goal for this article is to get more people to build vehicle emergency kits.

I hope we provided some unique tools and devices you’d never considered. And we hope many of them make sense for your car’s emergency kit.

However, we also know there are many other tools and devices that other people recommend. So if you know of a vehicle emergency tool that you feel should be on this list, but you didn’t see it, leave us a comment.

We’ll check it out, and if it makes sense, we’ll be sure to add it to this car emergency kit list.

“Just In Case” Jack

P.s. Do you know where the closest nuclear bunker is from your home?

There are a lot of natural nuclear shelters in the US that are absolutely free. And one of them is near your home.

Click on the image above to find out where you need to take shelter.

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Plan B heating

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Montana is awesome in the summer and lethal in the winter. So, for my needs, it seems a good idea to have an alternative source (or two) of heating in case something happens that causes the normal heating system to be unavailable.

First and foremost, if youre going to burn anything…propane, wood, kerosene, fiat currency, whatever….for indoor heat you absolutely must have a carbon monoxide detector (or three) in place. And if it goes off, don’t ask questions….walk outside immediately.

I have a fairly decent supply of kerosene sitting here. In the last fifteen years I lucked out into two sales on kerosene that were just too good to pass up.

Kerosene heaters are a mixed bag. For one reason or another (mostly .gov nonsense) the really good kerosene heaters (like the Toyosun) are hard to come across new. Fortunately Craigslist provides a ton of used kerosene heaters at very decent prices. I mean really good prices…like $20-50 for a heater that was $150+ when it was new. So, since one is none, I have a couple heaters. But…I almost never use them. (Thats the problem with living in an area that is basically disaster-free.) As a result wicks dry out, things get dusty, batteries go dead, that sort of thing.

I decided to get around to taking care of some preparedness tasks I’ve been letting go and one of them was making sure the kero heaters were up to snuff. Nope. Both are sitting on “E”. And they’re dirty. So…time to institute a preventative maintenance and readiness program for the stupid things.

I sat down and disassembled things as best I could. I wiped down everything to, tightened all screws, cleaned the glass, applied some kerosene to the exposed wick, filled the tank, and lit the wick. And…it ran fine.

Some people don’t like kerosene because “it stinks”. Yeah it does…when you start it and when you shut it down. When it runs, it usually runs without any smell. I set my heater on my porch, light it, wait five minutes, then bring it inside. When I want to extinguish it, I take it outside, turn it off, and leave it for a half hour so not only is there no smell but it’s also cooled down nicely so i can handle it and put it away.

And speaking of putting away, I really need to make up some sort of ‘dust cover’ for these things. I don’t like leaving them sitting in the basement where they get dusty.

And, I really need to put together an accessory package for these things. A tall .50 can with spare wicks, batteries (for the ignition), barbecue lighter, matches, fuel handling materials, etc. By the by, even though kerosene is extremely safe to handle, I always fuel them a) outdoors b) when theyre cool/cold, and c) there is always a fire extinguisher handy.

I need to go into Evernote and create a category for the kerosene heating supplies. I should probably also set up a scheduled set of reminders to inspect and test the heaters as well. So, yeah, a little bit of work but they payoff when the heat is out should be quite worth it.

Prepper? Survivalist? What’s the Difference?

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A buddy of mine asked me what the difference is between a prepper and a survivalist. I admit it is a good question, and one with no obvious answer since there are no official definitions. Within the prepper and survivalist community, the two terms are often used interchangeably, though prepper is the more popular term (but survivalist has been around longer). So, is there a difference? If so, what is the difference? And, why does it matter?

In my mind, the word survivalist conjures up a hard -core image of a man dressed in camouflage holding a gun, determined to protect his family from approaching danger.

On the other hand, the word prepper conjures up a somewhat softer image of a woman stuffing her pantry full of food, and maybe planting a vegetable garden out back, in order to take care of her  family during bad times.

Survivalist conjures to my mind guns & ammo, tanto knives, BDUs, MREs. goats, surgical kits, chain saws, military survival manuals, and books by folks such as Mel Tappan and James Wesley, Rawles

Prepper conjures up images of food storage, gardens, canning, chickens, first aid kits, hoes & shovels, sewing kits, and books like Back to Basics and Emergency Food Storage.

Of course, both sets of images are right and needed. Preparedness and survivalism are about all the above, and more.  However, obviously to my mind there is a qualitative difference between the two terms.  Though there are a lot of similarities between the two, I think the difference is in their primary motivations.

Survivalists are primarily motivated by a desire to survive long-term and highly disruptive events, whereas preppers are primarily motivated by a desire to prepare for shorter-term and less disruptive events.

Survivalists primarily focus on and plan towards surviving events such as political and economic collapse, severe pandemics, EMP & CME events, civil unrest, martial law, police state tactics, civil war, invasion, and even nuclear war.

Preppers primarily focus on and plan towards surviving events such as an unexpected job loss, local epidemics, a winter storm or hurricane which knocks out power for a week, ordinary crime, and the next recession. 

Both can and do look to surviving all sorts of events – long and short, major and minor. But their primary focus and efforts are different, in my opinion. This doesn’t make either one right or wrong. Just different.  As for me, I lean towards the survivalist side. And the more I examine the world, the more I lean that way.

Why do the definitions matter? It matters when it comes to communicating with people. Understanding their expectations, and yours, can prevent misunderstandings and hostility. Let me explain:

I’ve written many, many articles over the years. Some of my articles are “soft,” fitting the prepper profile, while others are more “hard-core” fitting the survivalist profile. With my more soft articles, prepper-types (as defined in this article) tend to love them and comment very favorably. On the other hand, survivlist-types often criticize those articles as “too basic,” and the advice given as “not going far enough.” I’ve even been called “naive” for some of the suggestions I’ve made.

On the other hand, with my more hard-core articles and advice, I have often upset, angered, and even offended many prepper-types. They accuse me of being “unrealistic” & “too harsh,” and the advice given as “going too far.” I’ve even been called “paranoid.”

It would behoove everyone, including myself, to remember these differences in dealing with others. Not everyone is on the same page with their goals, motivations, and concerns. And that is iokay. We don’t have to always agree.       

Unicorn sighting

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I was at school today, and as I was waiting outside the advisors office I engaged another student in some small talk. She was a young, attractive, female, black, conservative Republican. Would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen her with my own eyes. And…we had a great discussion on race issues that would have made the usual ‘white-guilt limousine-liberals’ cringe. It was awesome. We complained about our lefty instructors and talked about people assuming that because you’re black you must be a Democrat. It was a grand ol’ time. Nice to know there are such people out there.

Free PDF: Benelli Firearm Manuals

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Today I am happy to share 13 Benelli Firearm Manuals with you. Benelli semi automatic shotguns are often used by military and law enforcement, and it is in that role that I have my only exposure to these fine guns. Wikipedia talks about Benelli starting in italy in 1967 as a service station that repaired and later built motorcycles. The sons loved hunting and quickly teamed up with the designer of an inertia driven semi automatic shotgun and began making these fine weapons. Benelli B76 Benelli Exclusive Benelli Legacy Benelli M1 Benelli M2 Benelli M4 Benelli Montefeltro Benelli Nova Benelli R1

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Book Review: The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook

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This is a good complement to a disaster medicine library.  When I bought The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook I thought it was a listing of medicinal plants. I was wrong. While there are some listings of specific plants and their uses, this book  deals with the mechanics of actually making medicine. This book has very specific techniques to show you how to make tonics, poultices, creams, salves, and other preparations. It also deals with harvesting, storage, and handling of medicinal plants. While not what I was expecting, I am glad I purchased this book, as it gives information on the techniques of

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Typical government gun control FAILURE! Typical crime control FAILURE!!! Tougher sentences required!

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Our government is quick to punish law abiding citizens if they use a gun for self defence, & they continue to hassle us with further useless & pointless gun control legislation. They say they want to stop crime & make Australia a safer place, but the proof of their lies is in the sentencing of real criminals.

Typical government gun control FAILURE! Typical crime control FAILURE!!! Tougher sentences required!

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Our government is quick to punish law abiding citizens if they use a gun for self defence, & they continue to hassle us with further useless & pointless gun control legislation. They say they want to stop crime & make Australia a safer place, but the proof of their lies is in the sentencing of real criminals.

3 Expert Tips on How to Organize a Bug out Bag!

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3 Expert Tips on How to Organize a Bug out Bag!

3 Expert Tips on How to Organize a Bug out Bag

You have just bought your favorite Bug out Bag (BOB). We have even decided what to have in the BOB. The next thing is organizing it. Your main aim in organizing the bag is to improve accessibility, mobility, and weight. These three simple fundamentals can prove extremely difficult to achieve. The number one reason for such failure is the seemingly limitless types of gear to be included in the pack.

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City Forces Gun Stores And Other Businesses To Buy Security Cameras, Record Customers

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City Forces Gun Stores And Other Businesses To Buy Security Cameras, Record Customers

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Gun store and other business owners are now required to install security cameras to help law enforcement in Saginaw, Mich.

The new ordinance in the city requires most businesses to install at least three security cameras by March 1, 2019.

The cameras will take pictures of the face of every person entering and leaving businesses, and every person who walks up to the cash register, Michigan Live reported. Cameras will cover the parking lot, too.

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“The individuals who have the businesses will receive a certificate from the police department when they have been approved for their lighting and for their camera system,” Saginaw Police Chief Bob Ruth told Michigan Live.

Businesses that refuse to follow the new law will face a civil infraction, Ruth said.

“I think the extra work that we’re doing is far outweighed by the quality of work we’re going to get in the end, on the way we’ll be able to solve cases,” Ruth said. “It’s really going to help us.”

Businesses required to install the cameras include: gun dealers, banks, coin dealers, scrap dealers, hotels, motels, gas stations, party stores, phone sellers, pawnbrokers, pool halls, dance halls, and second-hand merchants, Michigan Live reported.

Civil libertarians acknowledged the benefit of security cameras to catch criminals but opposed the idea of cities forcing businesses to install them.

“It’s not unusual for a city or a police department to attempt to force a business to shell out for surveillance equipment and other costly security demands when violent crime or drug dealing frequently takes place on or near the premises,” Scott Shackford of Reason.com wrote. “… It’s less common for a city to make these demands in advance and absent any evidence that a particular business is a crime incubator.”

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Ontario Preppers Network Blog Relaunch

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Ontario Preppers Network Blog Relaunch

The Canadian Preppers Network is relaunching the provincial blogs and we decided to start with Ontario.  While still in it’s infancy, and all the old posts unfortunately lost forever, we are optimistic about these renewed blogs.  We are currently looking to recruit volunteer authors.  If you think you have some knowledge you would like to share, we encourage you to visit the blog and apply.

Solar Generator – Silent, Portable, Many Uses

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The uses for a portable solar generator system are many. A few solar panels and a corresponding ‘solar generator’ (built-in battery storage, power inverter, controls & connectors) might be used for any number of purposes. Note that most ‘solar generator’ systems can also be charged up by simply plugging into an ordinary household receptacle. What can you do with a solar generator? I thought it would be a good exercise to brainstorm some of the uses for a portable power source such as a ‘solar generator’. Bear in mind though that some uses will require more energy than others. A

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Solar Generator – Silent, Portable, Many Uses

The uses for a portable solar generator system are many. A few solar panels and a corresponding ‘solar generator’ (built-in battery storage, power inverter, controls & connectors) might be used for any number of purposes. Note that most ‘solar generator’ systems can also be charged up by simply plugging into an ordinary household receptacle. What can you do with a solar generator? I thought it would be a good exercise to brainstorm some of the uses for a portable power source such as a ‘solar generator’. Bear in mind though that some uses will require more energy than others. A

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Six Survival Weapons you need in your Arsenal

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Choosing a weapon, and accessories is always going to be dependent on what they are being used for. For instance, you might be looking for an easy to use pistol for home protection, or the best red dot sight, to help make hunting trips more successful. It’s no different with survivalism; you need to make […]

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Modern Homesteading and Mental Health

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Being self-reliant means many things to many people. Usually, a self-reliant lifestyle is associated with some degree of homesteading, living off the land-perhaps even off the grid and providing for yourself and your family with nothing but the skill and strength of your own two hands. It means being prepared to survive and care for […]

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The Christian Experience: A Time Of Testing

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     This message is very personal to me. As I mentioned in the last post, I am sensing [and seeing] a season of growing spiritual attacks upon Christians who are earnestly seeking a more intimate relationship with Jesus, as well as more power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. I am not talking about Christians who are sitting on the sidelines (and accepting the poverty of spirit as their daily penitence), but Christians who are [out of obedience] boldly pursuing the calling on their lives to advance God’s Kingdom here on earth.
     I know that many Believers sincerely hold fast to a theology that says, “If I just have enough faith, then I can get through this life without any suffering, or testing, or attacks from Satan that will have me questioning God’s presence”. But all we have to do is look at the Bible to see that is not true. Abraham, who is called the Father of our faith, endured perhaps the most difficult test any Believer in YHWH has ever faced … the command by God to sacrifice his beloved son.
     I think it is safe to say that Abraham’s faith in that situation would be tough for any one of us to imitate. Yet, because he stood firm in his faith and obedience, we have the opportunity to stand firm in ours. And Satan absolutely detests that kind of faith; the kind of faith that threatens his rule of the earth. So when obedient Christians answer the call of our God, we can expect that the Enemy will try to distract us, or forestall that calling by coming against us. But we must also realize that God tests those He calls. Hebrews 12:6 tells us, For the Lord’s training of your life is the evidence of his faithful love. And when he draws you to himself, it proves you are his delightful child (The Passion Translation). I much prefer this translation to the more common translations that say God “disciplines those He loves and punishes [chastises, scourges] those He accepts”. I do not believe those are accurate translations because the Aramaic word for “scourge”, which is nagad, can also mean “to attract,” “to draw,” or “tug the heart.” For me, that is a more accurate picture of my Abba, the God I serve. 
      And to take the word analogy one step further, isn’t the result of training always a test to see what you’ve learned? Whether you are a Doctor in your Residency training; or a member of the Military in training at boot camp; or an athlete training for the Olympics or NFL, each one is being trained up in order to pass a test before they advance to the next level of their line of work. Well, as Ambassadors of the Kingdom, I believe that God trains us (and tests us) before He advances us to the next level of our calling.
     So, I would say to any of you that are certain that He has called you into service to the Kingdom, that you can expect times of testing — both from the Enemy who will try to convince you that you aren’t fit for your calling, and by your Father and your King as They train you up to run the race that you are called to. And I can personally say that Mark and I have experienced both this past week.
     Last post, I alluded to the spiritual attacks that were coming against us. My husband, uncharacteristically, was suffering from bouts of anxiety, resulting in rapid heart rate, lack of sleep, etc. Normally, his steadfast faith would identify an attack from the devil and he would bind those spirits, declare the word of God and loose heavenly resources, as is his inheritance as a son of God. But this time was different. None of his usual spiritual battle techniques [in Jesus] worked, and my prayers and battles in the spirit would result in minor victories, but the heaviness continued over us. 
     Mind you, at no time did we every doubt that God was with us or that we would be victorious in Jesus. We spent most of our time trying to figure out the meaning or purpose of what we were experiencing. Our faith was secure; it was just clear it was being tested. I kept asking the Holy Spirit to reveal what was going on in the spiritual realm so that we could take our authority over it and walk in our true identity — our spirit was clear who we were, but the flesh was not cooperating.  Finally, I got a clue … we had scheduled a meeting to disciple a young couple in deliverance ministry, and I discerned that this was perhaps an obstacle set in place to diminish the authority and power we had to minister to them, and to defeat their desire to know about this particular service to God. I was partly correct. 
      We approached our meeting with this couple in the mindset that nothing would stop us from sharing what the Lord has revealed to us. We take seriously the Lord’s admonition that He needs more workers in His harvest fields, and here were two people willing to join us in bringing in that harvest. No matter what the Enemy was throwing at us physically, or the spiritual confusion we were experiencing as to the “whys”, we were determined to glorify all that we had seen Jesus and the Holy Spirit do in the lives of dispirited and oppressed people. 
     What we didn’t account for was that these faithful Seekers would bring a friend with them. And it quickly became clear that this friend was the focus of this Divine Appointment. He revealed that he had been delivered a few months earlier, and he knew the value of it and wanted to know more, but hinted that his healing had not been complete. As we continued to answer questions about our experiences, we shared that it is always the desire of the Father’s heart that those held in captivity by the Enemy be set free. We related that we had seen that most everyone has spiritual wounds that need to be healed [either from sins they have committed, or sins that have been committed against them], and that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are looking for obedient sons and daughters to partner with Them to bring that inner healing and freedom to all that need it. We mentioned that a common wound we had seen was child molestation.
     At the mention of this sin, the friend became emotional. He stated that he was getting uncomfortable. I gently asked him if this sin had been committed against him, and he confirmed it. We told him Jesus wanted to heal that wound and if he was willing, we’d like to help make that happen. He agreed to accompany me to a private place where we could invite Jesus in, while Mark remained with the Seekers, who by now were beginning to realize that this visit was planned by God and had a bigger purpose than they had anticipated.
     To make a long story short, from the outset, it was apparent to me that this was going to be a spiritual battle of bigger proportions than we have experienced in the past. But I want to stress that there was no fear on my part as I began the session, knowing full well that the power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit were greater than anything we would face from the kingdom of darkness. And this young man loved Jesus with a heart and spirit that was so convicted — but also in great conflict. He admitted to opening doors he knew were wrong and that he had grieved Jesus, and the temptations to sin were overwhelming him. He was literally in a battle for his mind, spirit, and soul. The Enemy had him trapped in the sin of homosexuality and was torturing him! But he wanted free! And as I led him in forgiveness against the man who had sinned against him in childhood, and broke soul ties with whom he had sinned, the Enemy launched a full scale assault.
     I do not want to sensationalize what happened next nor compromise his privacy, so let’s just say that it quickly became a physical battle as well as a spiritual battle. While the wife of the seeker couple prayed separately, it took Mark, myself, and the husband to battle the multitude of spirits that tried to prevent their friend from becoming free. But none of us battled from a spirit of fear or doubt! Rather, we stayed calm, but forcefully proclaimed the Truth that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world, and in the Name of Jesus, the Enemy and his demonic spirits were defeated. They must leave! Needless to say this young man had given legal authority for strongholds to take root in his life, and they weren’t leaving easily. But he recognized that, and fought in the spirit, too, and after a long battle, he was victorious in Christ! When we asked Jesus to show him how he appeared to the Lord, through tears, he stated, “I am radiant! Everything looks brighter!” Hallelujah!
     I want to make sure that you understand why I have bothered to relate this episode. It is not to boast about our part in the victory that day, but rather to show you that as you begin to walk in your calling from the Lord, you can expect spiritual attacks such as the one my husband experienced. It may be the Enemy trying to distract you from an assignment, but it may also be God proving to us that our faith is real; that we are truly His children, and that no trial will overcome our faith. 
     As we mature in our Christian walk [and our calling] it will require us to move outside our comfort zones into a larger territory that needs to be conquered for God’s Kingdom. In order for us to be overcomers and conquerors in this earthly realm, we need to 1) be obedient to our calling, even when we’re under attack; 2) remain patient until a breakthrough occurs, even when it seems as if God is absent; 3) increase our faith when we finally get an answer, and see just how costly [and difficult] the path forward will be in carrying out our calling; and 4) learn to stand firm against the inevitable sin and temptation that the Enemy will use to test our resolve to complete our race and calling.
     When God has a specific call upon your life, you know it. And if you decide to answer that call, you can expect to be tested. The Bible is clear … Psalm 11:5 says, The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, [exposing each heart]. But don’t get discouraged! And don’t let the devil deceive you into thinking you may have messed up that calling or that God is disillusioned with your service. It just may be the exact opposite — you are hitting the target and advancing to the next level of your service. Even Paul said [in 1 Corinthians 16:9], There’s an amazing door of opportunity standing wide open for me to minister here, even though there are many who oppose and stand against me. You can expect those adversaries to be both in the spirit and in the flesh.        
     So, again, do not be discouraged by times of testing. God might just be training you up for a bigger assignment in your Divine destiny with Him. Remain steadfast in your faith — and if you stumble, don’t worry — He has not abandoned you. He just may need to refine you more before you receive your breakthrough. I am discerning [in hindsight] that this is what happened during that period of spiritual confusion in our life. God was preparing us for a breakthrough, and we needed to be purified and refined; continuing to walk in obedience and faith to our calling, even when our flesh was weak. By never doubting our mission, God carried us through those dark days and into an experience of greater power and authority in cooperating with Jesus to set a captive free, and bring another worker into His harvest field. Both the Seeker and the Friend witnessed the power of our Almighty God that afternoon, and both want to help bring in His harvest. Each of us was tested that day … the Seeker and his wife to find out if they were ready to answer this specific call on their lives; the Friend who found out whether he truly desired freedom and a full commitment to his Lord and Savior; and my husband and myself, who were blessed to find that our own faith and commitment are solid and that the Lord is trusting us to take the next step. 
     My final word is this: When you find yourself in trials and times of testing, don’t think you are being punished by God. It may just be that He is bringing you to a higher calling on your life. And with that responsibility comes authority/power in the Name of Jesus… and Joy in being found trustworthy to serve the God of the Universe! And remember: there is nothing to be afraid of…. Jesus has already overcome the world!

Psalm 7:9     Once and for all, end the evil tactics of the wicked! Reward and prosper the cause of the righteous, for You are the righteous God, the soul searcher, who looks deep into every heart to examine the thoughts and motives.


 

    

Lets Experiment – How Serious is the BATFE on verified gun crime?

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Man destroys AR-15 rifle after Florida school shooting ONE LESS: Scott Pappalardo owned his AR-15 rifle for more than 30 years. He even has a Second Amendment tattoo on his arm. This weekend, he destroyed his gun “to make sure this weapon will never be able to take a life.” http://abcn.ws/2Fg8wFc Posted by ABC World News Tonight with David Muir on Monday, February 19, 2018 Has anyone seen the video of the man cutting the barrel down on his AR-15 in order to “save the kids” It does not prevent the gun from shooting – albeit it does turn it

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The Christian Experience: A Time Of Testing

    

     This message is very personal to me. As I mentioned in the last post, I am sensing [and seeing] a season of growing spiritual attacks upon Christians who are earnestly seeking a more intimate relationship with Jesus, as well as more power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. I am not talking about Christians who are sitting on the sidelines (and accepting the poverty of spirit as their daily penitence), but Christians who are [out of obedience] boldly pursuing the calling on their lives to advance God’s Kingdom here on earth.
     I know that many Believers sincerely hold fast to a theology that says, “If I just have enough faith, then I can get through this life without any suffering, or testing, or attacks from Satan that will have me questioning God’s presence”. But all we have to do is look at the Bible to see that is not true. Abraham, who is called the Father of our faith, endured perhaps the most difficult test any Believer in YHWH has ever faced … the command by God to sacrifice his beloved son.
     I think it is safe to say that Abraham’s faith in that situation would be tough for any one of us to imitate. Yet, because he stood firm in his faith and obedience, we have the opportunity to stand firm in ours. And Satan absolutely detests that kind of faith; the kind of faith that threatens his rule of the earth. So when obedient Christians answer the call of our God, we can expect that the Enemy will try to distract us, or forestall that calling by coming against us. But we must also realize that God tests those He calls. Hebrews 12:6 tells us, For the Lord’s training of your life is the evidence of his faithful love. And when he draws you to himself, it proves you are his delightful child (The Passion Translation). I much prefer this translation to the more common translations that say God “disciplines those He loves and punishes [chastises, scourges] those He accepts”. I do not believe those are accurate translations because the Aramaic word for “scourge”, which is nagad, can also mean “to attract,” “to draw,” or “tug the heart.” For me, that is a more accurate picture of my Abba, the God I serve. 
      And to take the word analogy one step further, isn’t the result of training always a test to see what you’ve learned? Whether you are a Doctor in your Residency training; or a member of the Military in training at boot camp; or an athlete training for the Olympics or NFL, each one is being trained up in order to pass a test before they advance to the next level of their line of work. Well, as Ambassadors of the Kingdom, I believe that God trains us (and tests us) before He advances us to the next level of our calling.
     So, I would say to any of you that are certain that He has called you into service to the Kingdom, that you can expect times of testing — both from the Enemy who will try to convince you that you aren’t fit for your calling, and by your Father and your King as They train you up to run the race that you are called to. And I can personally say that Mark and I have experienced both this past week.
     Last post, I alluded to the spiritual attacks that were coming against us. My husband, uncharacteristically, was suffering from bouts of anxiety, resulting in rapid heart rate, lack of sleep, etc. Normally, his steadfast faith would identify an attack from the devil and he would bind those spirits, declare the word of God and loose heavenly resources, as is his inheritance as a son of God. But this time was different. None of his usual spiritual battle techniques [in Jesus] worked, and my prayers and battles in the spirit would result in minor victories, but the heaviness continued over us. 
     Mind you, at no time did we every doubt that God was with us or that we would be victorious in Jesus. We spent most of our time trying to figure out the meaning or purpose of what we were experiencing. Our faith was secure; it was just clear it was being tested. I kept asking the Holy Spirit to reveal what was going on in the spiritual realm so that we could take our authority over it and walk in our true identity — our spirit was clear who we were, but the flesh was not cooperating.  Finally, I got a clue … we had scheduled a meeting to disciple a young couple in deliverance ministry, and I discerned that this was perhaps an obstacle set in place to diminish the authority and power we had to minister to them, and to defeat their desire to know about this particular service to God. I was partly correct. 
      We approached our meeting with this couple in the mindset that nothing would stop us from sharing what the Lord has revealed to us. We take seriously the Lord’s admonition that He needs more workers in His harvest fields, and here were two people willing to join us in bringing in that harvest. No matter what the Enemy was throwing at us physically, or the spiritual confusion we were experiencing as to the “whys”, we were determined to glorify all that we had seen Jesus and the Holy Spirit do in the lives of dispirited and oppressed people. 
     What we didn’t account for was that these faithful Seekers would bring a friend with them. And it quickly became clear that this friend was the focus of this Divine Appointment. He revealed that he had been delivered a few months earlier, and he knew the value of it and wanted to know more, but hinted that his healing had not been complete. As we continued to answer questions about our experiences, we shared that it is always the desire of the Father’s heart that those held in captivity by the Enemy be set free. We related that we had seen that most everyone has spiritual wounds that need to be healed [either from sins they have committed, or sins that have been committed against them], and that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are looking for obedient sons and daughters to partner with Them to bring that inner healing and freedom to all that need it. We mentioned that a common wound we had seen was child molestation.
     At the mention of this sin, the friend became emotional. He stated that he was getting uncomfortable. I gently asked him if this sin had been committed against him, and he confirmed it. We told him Jesus wanted to heal that wound and if he was willing, we’d like to help make that happen. He agreed to accompany me to a private place where we could invite Jesus in, while Mark remained with the Seekers, who by now were beginning to realize that this visit was planned by God and had a bigger purpose than they had anticipated.
     To make a long story short, from the outset, it was apparent to me that this was going to be a spiritual battle of bigger proportions than we have experienced in the past. But I want to stress that there was no fear on my part as I began the session, knowing full well that the power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit were greater than anything we would face from the kingdom of darkness. And this young man loved Jesus with a heart and spirit that was so convicted — but also in great conflict. He admitted to opening doors he knew were wrong and that he had grieved Jesus, and the temptations to sin were overwhelming him. He was literally in a battle for his mind, spirit, and soul. The Enemy had him trapped in the sin of homosexuality and was torturing him! But he wanted free! And as I led him in forgiveness against the man who had sinned against him in childhood, and broke soul ties with whom he had sinned, the Enemy launched a full scale assault.
     I do not want to sensationalize what happened next nor compromise his privacy, so let’s just say that it quickly became a physical battle as well as a spiritual battle. While the wife of the seeker couple prayed separately, it took Mark, myself, and the husband to battle the multitude of spirits that tried to prevent their friend from becoming free. But none of us battled from a spirit of fear or doubt! Rather, we stayed calm, but forcefully proclaimed the Truth that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world, and in the Name of Jesus, the Enemy and his demonic spirits were defeated. They must leave! Needless to say this young man had given legal authority for strongholds to take root in his life, and they weren’t leaving easily. But he recognized that, and fought in the spirit, too, and after a long battle, he was victorious in Christ! When we asked Jesus to show him how he appeared to the Lord, through tears, he stated, “I am radiant! Everything looks brighter!” Hallelujah!
     I want to make sure that you understand why I have bothered to relate this episode. It is not to boast about our part in the victory that day, but rather to show you that as you begin to walk in your calling from the Lord, you can expect spiritual attacks such as the one my husband experienced. It may be the Enemy trying to distract you from an assignment, but it may also be God proving to us that our faith is real; that we are truly His children, and that no trial will overcome our faith. 
     As we mature in our Christian walk [and our calling] it will require us to move outside our comfort zones into a larger territory that needs to be conquered for God’s Kingdom. In order for us to be overcomers and conquerors in this earthly realm, we need to 1) be obedient to our calling, even when we’re under attack; 2) remain patient until a breakthrough occurs, even when it seems as if God is absent; 3) increase our faith when we finally get an answer, and see just how costly [and difficult] the path forward will be in carrying out our calling; and 4) learn to stand firm against the inevitable sin and temptation that the Enemy will use to test our resolve to complete our race and calling.
     When God has a specific call upon your life, you know it. And if you decide to answer that call, you can expect to be tested. The Bible is clear … Psalm 11:5 says, The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, [exposing each heart]. But don’t get discouraged! And don’t let the devil deceive you into thinking you may have messed up that calling or that God is disillusioned with your service. It just may be the exact opposite — you are hitting the target and advancing to the next level of your service. Even Paul said [in 1 Corinthians 16:9], There’s an amazing door of opportunity standing wide open for me to minister here, even though there are many who oppose and stand against me. You can expect those adversaries to be both in the spirit and in the flesh.        So, again, do not be discouraged by times of testing. God might just be training you up for a bigger assignment in your Divine destiny with Him. Remain steadfast in your faith — and if you stumble, don’t worry — He has not abandoned you. He just may need to refine you more before you receive your breakthrough. I am discerning [in hindsight] that this is what happened during that period of spiritual confusion in our life. God was preparing us for a breakthrough, and we needed to be purified and refined; continuing to walk in obedience and faith to our calling, even when our flesh was weak. By never doubting our mission, God carried us through those dark days and into an experience of greater power and authority in cooperating with Jesus to set a captive free, and bring another worker into His harvest field. Both the Seeker and the Friend witnessed the power of our Almighty God that afternoon, and both want to help bring in His harvest. Each of us was tested that day … the Seeker and his wife to find out if they were ready to answer this specific call on their lives; the Friend who found out whether he truly desired freedom and a full commitment to his Lord and Savior; and my husband and myself, who were blessed to find that our own faith and commitment are solid and that the Lord is trusting us to take the next step. 
     My final word is this: When you find yourself in trials and times of testing, don’t think you are being punished by God. It may just be that He is bringing you to a higher calling on your life. And with that responsibility comes authority/power in the Name of Jesus… and Joy in being found trustworthy to serve the God of the Universe! And remember: there is nothing to be afraid of…. Jesus has already overcome the world!

Psalm 7:9     Once and for all, end the evil tactics of the wicked! Reward and prosper the cause of the righteous, for You are the righteous God, the soul searcher, who looks deep into every heart to examine the thoughts and motives.


 
 
    

How To Cope With Arthritis Every Day

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Have you wondered how to cope with arthritis every day? You may be wondering why I’m talking about arthritis, you may think it’s just for old people. No, it isn’t. There are over 100 types of arthritis, they each have different symptoms. Or no symptoms at all, interesting, huh? I’m going to share some of my own experiences with arthritis, I’m really a pretty private person, but I feel people need to understand arthritis. I hope you can use a few tips I have learned over the years. I will be honest with you, I refuse to take arthritis prescriptions. It’s who I am. The side effects of the drugs are not acceptable to me.

I’m not saying you should or should not use the prescriptions for your type of arthritis. This is a very personal choice. There is no cure for arthritis. You may be familiar with the term Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis, I have a different type of arthritis.

Osteoporosis/Osteoarthritis

arthritis

This one has a primary and a secondary category. Primary appears without any obvious cause. Secondary develops in joints that are known to have sustained injuries over the years. Secondary also may be caused by joints affected by infections, fractures, or by another form of arthritis known as Rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes, years of supporting the extra weight (obesity) lead to secondary osteoarthritis in our weight-bearing joints.

Most people don’t feel any pain from arthritis unless they have had joints overused or damaged. When symptoms do start they progress very slowly and may seem unimportant. Some people feel mild aching and soreness when they move. Once they get moving the pain may subside.

I guess that’s why we hear the statement “keep moving.” Some people have pain when they wake up in the morning, but once they get showered and dressed and “moving” the pain will feel less painful. Keep in mind everyone is different. I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I’m sharing my research of over 30 years on arthritis.

When I was a little girl, I remember I always had back pain. Now, keep in mind I am not athletic at all. So, therefore I had zero sports injuries. I still have severe back pain to this day. This is when my Rheumatologist told me about 35 years ago something I have never forgotten it. I remember having my youngest daughter go with me to see him, and I was crying with pain. I told him I couldn’t take the pain anymore.

This wise doctor told me something that day, “Get rid of the stress in your life and do something every day for someone else because you will put the pain in the back of your mind. If you keep busy you will feel less pain.” They were going to put a morphine drip in my body that I could use to control the pain. I opted against it, at least that day. I knew I could always get it if I really needed it.

He also told me never to stay in bed because of the pain, it’s the worst thing for arthritis. Now, he did mention I needed to get plenty of rest. If you lay in bed all day I will tell you the pain gets worse, or at least it does for me.

Arthritisarthritis

There is no cure for arthritis. Period. There are some things we can do to help with arthritis pain, but there is no cure. I remember when I first learned I had this disease. I had a pinky finger that was red, swollen and had a yellow substance (staph infection) on the side of my finger. I was in banking at the time and I made an appointment with one of my Orthopedic doctors because I thought maybe I had broken my finger it hurt so bad.

He took one look at it and said, “You have arthritis.” I said, “What???” He then proceeded to x-ray my neck, shoulders, arms, legs, hands, back and feet. Wow, I was shocked when he showed me the damage my body had from this awful disease. He told me I probably got it when I was 5 or 6 years old.

Risk Factors

Family History

Some types of arthritis run in families. The damage gets worse because it may become bone grinding directly on bone, ouch!

Arthritis Age

arthritisSome types of arthritis, including gout, increase with aging. Arthritis and gout have to do with your uric acid levels. The doctors will check your white blood cells and red blood cells as well as to confirm your type of arthritis. The x-rays tell it all.

Obesity

Being overweight puts a strain on your bones and joints. Your spine, knees, and hips take the brunt of being overweight. If you lose weight it will make a big difference.

Previous Joint Injuries

You may have noticed the older you get if you had tennis elbow from playing tennis or other sports, you will get arthritis in that joint, and many other joints as well.

Your Sex

Women are more likely to get arthritis over men. We’re talking 75% more women get it compared to men.

Exercise

Try and do non-impact exercise. I use a recumbent bicycle and go swimming because they are easier on my joints. Everyone is different, check with your doctor to get advice for what works for your body. Walking in comfortable shoes, you can start with short distances and increase the distance as your body can handle the new levels of exercise.

Glaucoma

I just had laser surgery on my eyes for Glaucoma, yes inflammatory arthritis can lead to Glaucoma. I have to have this surgery once a year to relieve the pressure in my optic nerves for the rest of my life. If you don’t wear prescription glasses, please get your eyes checked at least once a year. Glaucoma does not have symptoms, you may go blind and/or lose your peripheral vision before you realize you have Glaucoma. If you do wear glasses make sure you have your eyes checked for Glaucoma each time you go in for an eye test.

Symptoms

Redness, swelling, warmth, nodules, muscle aches, fever, pain, and fatigue, to name just a few.

Diet

Foods that aggravate this disease are sugar, fried foods, dairy, alcohol, tobacco, and processed foods. Cut out soda and flour baked goods. Eat more vegetables and fruits.  I’m sure there are more foods your doctor will tell you to eliminate from your diet.

Please share your tips we can use with this terrible disease. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I use essential oils, aspirin, and Ibruprofen, they all really help me cope with things every day.

Eating Whole Foods by Linda

Heating Pad

Ice Packs

Copyright pictures:

Knee picture: AdobeStock_118348863 by vishalgokulwale

Arthritis sign: AdobeStock_103495896 by greenapple78

Gout: AdobeStock_76033559 by ThamKC

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How To Cope With Arthritis Every Day

Have you wondered how to cope with arthritis every day? You may be wondering why I’m talking about arthritis, you may think it’s just for old people. No, it isn’t. There are over 100 types of arthritis, they each have different symptoms. Or no symptoms at all, interesting, huh? I’m going to share some of my own experiences with arthritis, I’m really a pretty private person, but I feel people need to understand arthritis. I hope you can use a few tips I have learned over the years. I will be honest with you, I refuse to take arthritis prescriptions. It’s who I am. The side effects of the drugs are not acceptable to me.

I’m not saying you should or should not use the prescriptions for your type of arthritis. This is a very personal choice. There is no cure for arthritis. You may be familiar with the term Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis, I have a different type of arthritis.

Osteoporosis/Osteoarthritis

arthritis

This one has a primary and a secondary category. Primary appears without any obvious cause. Secondary develops in joints that are known to have sustained injuries over the years. Secondary also may be caused by joints affected by infections, fractures, or by another form of arthritis known as Rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes, years of supporting the extra weight (obesity) lead to secondary osteoarthritis in our weight-bearing joints.

Most people don’t feel any pain from arthritis unless they have had joints overused or damaged. When symptoms do start they progress very slowly and may seem unimportant. Some people feel mild aching and soreness when they move. Once they get moving the pain may subside.

I guess that’s why we hear the statement “keep moving.” Some people have pain when they wake up in the morning, but once they get showered and dressed and “moving” the pain will feel less painful. Keep in mind everyone is different. I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I’m sharing my research of over 30 years on arthritis.

When I was a little girl, I remember I always had back pain. Now, keep in mind I am not athletic at all. So, therefore I had zero sports injuries. I still have severe back pain to this day. This is when my Rheumatologist told me about 35 years ago something I have never forgotten it. I remember having my youngest daughter go with me to see him, and I was crying with pain. I told him I couldn’t take the pain anymore.

This wise doctor told me something that day, “Get rid of the stress in your life and do something every day for someone else because you will put the pain in the back of your mind. If you keep busy you will feel less pain.” They were going to put a morphine drip in my body that I could use to control the pain. I opted against it, at least that day. I knew I could always get it if I really needed it.

He also told me never to stay in bed because of the pain, it’s the worst thing for arthritis. Now, he did mention I needed to get plenty of rest. If you lay in bed all day I will tell you the pain gets worse, or at least it does for me.

Arthritisarthritis

There is no cure for arthritis. Period. There are some things we can do to help with arthritis pain, but there is no cure. I remember when I first learned I had this disease. I had a pinky finger that was red, swollen and had a yellow substance (staph infection) on the side of my finger. I was in banking at the time and I made an appointment with one of my Orthopedic doctors because I thought maybe I had broken my finger it hurt so bad.

He took one look at it and said, “You have arthritis.” I said, “What???” He then proceeded to x-ray my neck, shoulders, arms, legs, hands, back and feet. Wow, I was shocked when he showed me the damage my body had from this awful disease. He told me I probably got it when I was 5 or 6 years old.

Risk Factors

Family History

Some types of arthritis run in families. The damage gets worse because it may become bone grinding directly on bone, ouch!

Arthritis Age

arthritisSome types of arthritis, including gout, increase with aging. Arthritis and gout have to do with your uric acid levels. The doctors will check your white blood cells and red blood cells as well as to confirm your type of arthritis. The x-rays tell it all.

Obesity

Being overweight puts a strain on your bones and joints. Your spine, knees, and hips take the brunt of being overweight. If you lose weight it will make a big difference.

Previous Joint Injuries

You may have noticed the older you get if you had tennis elbow from playing tennis or other sports, you will get arthritis in that joint, and many other joints as well.

Your Sex

Women are more likely to get arthritis over men. We’re talking 75% more women get it compared to men.

Exercise

Try and do non-impact exercise. I use a recumbent bicycle and go swimming because they are easier on my joints. Everyone is different, check with your doctor to get advice for what works for your body. Walking in comfortable shoes, you can start with short distances and increase the distance as your body can handle the new levels of exercise.

Glaucoma

I just had laser surgery on my eyes for Glaucoma, yes inflammatory arthritis can lead to Glaucoma. I have to have this surgery once a year to relieve the pressure in my optic nerves for the rest of my life. If you don’t wear prescription glasses, please get your eyes checked at least once a year. Glaucoma does not have symptoms, you may go blind and/or lose your peripheral vision before you realize you have Glaucoma. If you do wear glasses make sure you have your eyes checked for Glaucoma each time you go in for an eye test.

Symptoms

Redness, swelling, warmth, nodules, muscle aches, fever, pain, and fatigue, to name just a few.

Diet

Foods that aggravate this disease are sugar, fried foods, dairy, alcohol, tobacco, and processed foods. Cut out soda and flour baked goods. Eat more vegetables and fruits.  I’m sure there are more foods your doctor will tell you to eliminate from your diet.

Please share your tips we can use with this terrible disease. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I use essential oils, aspirin, and Ibruprofen, they all really help me cope with things every day.

Eating Whole Foods by Linda

Heating Pad

Ice Packs

Copyright pictures:

Knee picture: AdobeStock_118348863 by vishalgokulwale

Arthritis sign: AdobeStock_103495896 by greenapple78

Gout: AdobeStock_76033559 by ThamKC

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How to Make Your Garage The Ultimate Pepper Storage Unit

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Editors Note: Another guest contribution from Megan Nichols to The Prepper Journal.  As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Thanks to the media, prepping gets a bad reputation. Those who prep — collecting food, water and equipment to prepare for the inevitable — are portrayed as paranoid at best and crazy at worst. When it comes down to it, though, prepping isn’t such a bad idea — it’s better to have it and not need it, as the old saying goes. You don’t even need a barn or a shed to start prepping. If you’ve got a garage, you’ve got everything you need. How can you turn your garage into the ultimate prepper storage unit?

What Do You Need?

Before you start setting up your garage for storage, how much food, water and other supplies do you really need?

  • Food — Start with at least 72 hours’ worth of shelf-stable food for each person in your household. Once you’ve got this established, you can start adding to your food storage
  • Water — The average adult needs a gallon of water per day, half for drinking and half for washing and other sanitation needs. Again, start with 72 hours, and then plan for long-term needs, with water filtration, sanitation and storage
  • Fire building — Even if you’re not storing firewood, make sure you have everything you need to start a fire
  • First aid — Include medicine, first aid supplies, antibiotics — where available — and iodine tablets. The latter only becomes necessary in the event of a nuclear strike
  • Sanitation — Toilet paper, bleach, peroxide and items for sanitation and waste disposal are necessary, especially in the event of infrastructure collapse
  • Other supplies — In the event of a pandemic, for example, you will need masks, respirators and other personal protection equipment
  • Equipment — Gather generators and fuel, air compressors for powering tools and other equipment that you might need to survive until the crisis is over and normality restored.

Now that you have a basic idea of what you need, where are you going to put it all? If you’re limited on space, storage can be tricky. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

First, Declutter

If you’re using your garage to store all the stuff you don’t have room for, your first step is decluttering. Go through your garage and separate everything into three piles: keep, sell and trash. Only keep things that are necessary, that will serve you in the future or that you can’t bear to part with. Anything you can sell, set aside for a yard sale. Anything you’re just hanging onto because you haven’t bothered to get rid of it can go in the trash.

This step has two purposes. First, it gives you more room to store your supplies. Second, you can use the money you make from your yard sale to purchase storage and supplies.

Buy and Prep Equipment

Heavy equipment can take up a lot of space, so it’s a good idea to purchase any equipment first and plan your storage around it.

Generators can help keep your equipment powered, as long as you have fuel. Look for a generator that can easily be stored when not in use but provides all your power requirements.

Air compressors can be useful as well — they can be used to power tools, refill tires and even clean, depending on the adaptors you have for them. Make sure you’ve also got everything you need to maintain the compressor — tools, oil and even repair manuals can be useful to keep your equipment running.

Use All Your Available Space

A decent supply of food, water and other items will take up quite a bit of space, so the first thing you should do is look at your garage and see what kind of available space you actually have. Don’t just look at the garage itself — look under stairwells, in attics and even in closets.

In the garage itself, you’ve got walls and even your ceiling that can be altered to use as storage — all while still allowing you to use your garage for its originally intended purpose, parking your car!

Areas that already have equipment in them can still be used for storage — put shelves and storage containers above your washer and dryer and under your sinks for your growing prepper supply without filling your house from floor to ceiling.

You can even store supplies, cash and important papers in plain sight, if you’re clever with how you store them.

Don’t Forget Your Bug-Out Bag

Having a supply of food and water at home is great, but if you’re not able to stay in your home, you might not be able to take all of it with you. Creating a bug-out kit can give you a few days of supplies if you have to pick up and bug out. It should contain everything you’ve collected in your prepping — food, water, medical supplies, communication equipment — in addition to cash, important papers and anything else you can’t bear to leave behind.

Again you should have at least 72 hours of food and water for each person in your party. If carrying that much water is restrictive due to the weight, include water sterilization tablets or filter straws to protect you from any water contaminants in the water supply or in any natural water that you might find.

Give your bug-out bag its own special storage place in your garage. That way it’s on hand if you should ever need it. All you have to do is grab it, hop in your car and go.

Hopefully, you’ll never need your prepping supplies, but in the event that you do need them, it’s better to be prepared for any and all eventualities. It doesn’t matter if we’re facing a little hiccup or a full infrastructure collapse — having enough supplies could mean the difference between life and death. Even if you don’t opt for all the extra equipment, just having enough food and water and the ability to cook it can make all the difference.

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Planting Potatoes … the Easy Way! (VIDEO)

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Here in Central Texas, the rule of thumb for planting potatoes is to get ‘er done around Valentine’s Day. My TGN friends in colder climates tend to wait a little longer—say mid-April or even later—until their soil has warmed up to at least 45°F.

Since I spent this past Monday doing spring garden prep and getting my potatoes in the ground, it seemed like a good time to share this video with you:

In it, Paul Gautschi (of Back to Eden gardening fame) talks about:

  • His easy method for harvesting and planting potatoes in the same day, in the same place;
  • Why cutting potatoes before planting them is a waste of time and potential; and
  • A really cool way to get the biggest and best potato harvest possible.

He also gives his No. 1 reason why you should never buy root veggies from the grocery store.

(And, if you’ve got a little more time, you can watch Paul harvesting his potato crop without any tools in this video from Justin Rhodes’ Great American Farm Tour.)

After you watch, I’d love to know—what’s your favorite way to grow potatoes?

 

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Top 6 AR15 Under $1000 Worth Buying

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AR15 is one of the most popular rifles in the United States. It is practical, extremely ergonomic and it can be one of the best weapons you can buy at the moment. Furthermore, it is reliable, easy to use and it comes in so many shapes and versions. Here you will be able to see … Read more…

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25 Survival Foods That Should NOT Be Stored in the Original Package

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For many people, stocking up on food is a huge part of their family’s preparedness plan–as it should be! While this may seem as simple as buying a little extra food each time you go to the store, it’s actually a bit more complicated. You can’t just stick your food in the pantry and forget […]

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